Thoughts for Young Men by Jonathan Oldacre
January 13, 2008, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Devotions

by Jonathan Oldacre

I was asking a good friend what his favorite book was, and he answered “Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle.” Interesting choice. Personally, my heart has been going out to young men lately. I’ve been considering their particular temptations, challenges, and pitfalls. There’s great potential for godliness for you right now, and sadly there’s also great potential for ruin and shipwreck. What makes the difference? Why does one VFC guy grow and prosper in the faith and another appears to be doing well for awhile, he gradually drifts away, and then a few months later you see him hammered on the strip far from God and glad to be there? 

Listen to this quote by Ryle:

“Young men, be not deceived. Think not that you can, at will, serve lusts and pleasures in your beginning, and then go and serve God with your latter end…I daresay you are reckoning on a late repentance. You know not what you are doing. You are reckoning without God. Repentance and faith are the gifts of God, and gifts that He often witholds…I grant you, one penitent thief was converted in his last hours, that no man might despair; but I warn you, only one was converted, that no man might presume.”

Are you reckoning on a late repentance? Do you see your need for a Savior? Are you playing games with such a deadly enemy as sin?

Don’t wait a minute longer. Call upon the Lord right now to save you from your sins and give you a new heart. Repent of your sins and trust in the Savior! Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and was put to death on a cross for your sins. That’s the measure of God’s love for you young men; he crushed his only Son so that you could be brought near to God. Put your trust in Christ and receive the forgiveness He’s paid for with His own blood!


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Welcome back fat John! (I am writing for the first time in 6 months today.) I loved that Ryle quote. Oh that the students at UT would heed the urgency of the gospel.

Comment by walterp

Jon, that was worth the wait!(weight…hahahah)

Comment by Caleb H.

you guys are so cheesy… What the heck?
And, John you just want to be a puritan so bad your starting to write like one too.

Comment by BA BAM!

I love Ryle’s work. I just made an ebook of one of his sermons. I think you and your readers would like it.

Mike Anderson

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